Nicco Montano

USA

Out
Injury Concussion
Est. Return 6/1/2021
Still recovering from concussion
FlyweightUFC
Out
April 5, 2021
Montano said Sunday that she's still dealing with concussion symptoms since being involved in a car accident in January, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports. "It's been two months [since the accident] and I'm still having symptoms and still concussed," Montano said. "But for the most part my recovery process is coming along very well. Slowly but surely for protocol it's about three months before I'm able to do anything."
ANALYSIS
Montano was forced to withdraw from her Feb. 6 fight with Karoline Rosa as a result of the head injury. Based on where she currently stands in her recovery from the concussion, Montano doesn't sound like she'll be ready to return to the Octagon until June at the earliest.
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Withdraws from upcoming fight
FlyweightUFC
Out
January 26, 2021
Montano withdrew Tuesday from her upcoming fight with Karoline Rosa on Feb. 6 at UFC Vegas 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Montano was unable to gain clearance from a neurologist prior to the fight due to a concussion she sustained in a recent car accident, MMAFighting.com reports. In her place, Joselyne Edwards is expected to face off against Rosa.
Expected to fight Rosa in February
FlyweightUFC
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October 15, 2020
Montano is expected to fight Karoline Rosa on February 6, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While nothing is officially scheduled at this point, it appears that the former champion will indeed make at least one more appearance in the Octagon. Montano was scheduled to fight Julia Avila on Sept. 5 but the fight was cancelled after Montano tested positive for COVID-19. The UFC initially tried to reschedule the fight for Oct. 3, but that plan fell through after Avila ended up taking part in a Sept. 12 bout instead.
Remains without an opponent
FlyweightUFC
Out
September 29, 2020
Montano (illness) lost her scheduled matchup against Julia Avila that had originally been targeted for Oct. 3 and remains without a scheduled fight moving forward.
ANALYSIS
Montano and Avila were originally scheduled to face off Sept. 5, but that date ultimately didn't come through after Montano tested positive for COVID-19. The UFC initially attempted to reschedule that matchup for Oct. 3, but instead, booked Avila for a Sept. 12 matchup against Sijara Eubanks (which she went on to lose). It's unclear what the UFC's future plans are with Montano, and while this situation may have happened through no fault of her own, it's hard to overlook the fact that Montano has a lengthy history of missing fights for a laundry list of reasons. It remains to be seen if she'll get another shot in 2020.
Fight rescheduled again
FlyweightUFC
Out
August 29, 2020
Montano tested positive for COVID-19, and her fight against Julia Avila has been rescheduled to Oct. 3, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This bout was already rescheduled from its initial Aug. 8 date due to "COVID-19 related complications", and it's been pushed back another month now. Montano will need to fully recover from the virus before re-entering the Octagon. She hasn't fought in over a year, as a Grade 2 MCL Sprain forced her to miss UFC Rio Rancho in February.
Fight postponed
FlyweightUFC
Out
July 11, 2020
Montano's fight against Julia Avila has been postponed to Sept. 5 due to "COVID-19 related complications" in her camp, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
While Montano has not tested positive for COVID, it appears somebody in her camp has, which is enough for the UFC to postpone the fight until everyone's health is up to par. She had to withdraw from her most recent scheduled fight in February due to an MCL injury, so she is presumably itching to get back in the octagon. Her opponent, Avilia, was coming off a quick turn around after a first-round victory over Gina Mazany on June 13, so she will have some extra time to recover.